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By Murray Jackson

Buick Avista Concept: ‘Capturing The Spirit Of The Perfect Drive’

  Buick’s Avista concept is a 2+2 coupe that pushes the brand’s contemporary design ethos and rekindles its historic performance roots. A sleek, sweeping proportion is the foundation for this vision of a contemporary grand tourer, with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 driving the rear wheels and a driver-focused cockpit offering a comfortable, connected center of

TPMS Signal Science: Performing The Relearn Process Outside

While TPMS is common on today’s vehicles, misinformation is still rampant as consumers and techs try to understand these systems. One of the TPMS misconceptions involves sensor signals. A sensor is a transmitter of information that sends pressure and temperature data to the vehicle. Some signals also include information that identifies the sensor and the

Aging Oxygen Sensors Hurt Fuel Economy, Performance And Emissions

Oxygen sensors are used to monitor the engine’s air/fuel mixture so the powertrain control module (PCM) can make adjustments that optimize fuel economy, emissions and performance.

The Art Of The Refinish: Making An ‘Invisible Repair’

There is a lot that goes into making an “invisible repair” from the refinish side. Here are some procedures to get you off to a good start.

The Evolving Oil Change Market

The only constant in the oil change business is change itself, especially if you’re trying to maintain an inventory of engine oil for all makes and models of vehicles. Since Volkswagen began ­requiring application-specific engine oil in the mid-1990s, the oil change business has (pardon the pun) “changed.” While many Asian vehicles ­currently require only

Kia Driveability Diagnostics: Chasing Intermittent Gremlins

This article looks at a 2004 Kia ­Sorrento that the owner says is losing power and stalling with no established pattern. It will run well for days or even weeks at a time without a problem, only to then act up without warning, but it always restarts.

Brake Rotor Failure: Why Rotors Crack And Make Noise

The prices of rotors seem to be dropping the past few years. Call just about any parts supplier and they can quote you a vast range of prices for the same application. And when you compare the rotors side-by-side, they may look the same, but the difference between a comeback and a satisfied customer is often at the microscopic level.